as a novice, i have been researching smokers for a while now. i have finally ordered the brinkmann gourmet, which i know is going to need several mods to ensure success.why dont brinkmann take on board that their smokers arent up to the job, out of the box, and do something about it. the pitt barrel seems to far outshine any other available, with such simplicity. only one vent in the bottom, which remains set to one setting no vent in the top seems to out last all others for burn time and consistency. receives the highest praise where ever it is reviewed what are they doing right, that everyone else is doing wrong unfortunately, the pitt barrel isnt over here in the UK.